Hooray For The Mailman!

Who does not like to get packages in the mail?  The package I received last week was from Spoonflower!  My new fabric came!  It’s quite fun to see Newton made BIG!  I am going to make him into a little pillow to go with my Newton nap mat for little ones.

The “Fernie and Zippy” characters will also be stuffed. My friend Bonnie will quilt the Newton fabric into a “quillo” and I will have her make some pockets on the quillo (nap mat) so that Fernie and Zippy can be tucked in. I will post it when I get the idea figured out.  It is fun to see ideas come together!

A Brand New Day!

It’s a brand new day!  Yesterday was a hair pulling, weird, tweaking, changing, tossing, scratching head kind of day in the studio.  Those days come to all of us. Today started off differently.

I woke up, showered, ate breakfast and let my  little doggies out.  While standing on my steps I heard a noise.  I looked into the tree to see a HUGE something on a branch above me. I kid you not, it was so NOT a squirrel!  I kept thinking it was a racoon!  No?  Then it moved and I could see it was a huge bird!  I slowly walked toward the back door so as not to scare this bird off.  I put my small, rodent sized doggies in the house and hollered for Gary to grab the binoculars.  We walked back outside and found the best vantage point to view this spectacular bird and decided it was a Golden Eagle!  YES!   Just then the birds wings stretched our broadly and it took flight, right before our very eyes.  The wing span was HUGE!   I am still in awe of the sight.  It was then that this word came to me.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)”

Today will be a GREAT DAY!

The Old And The New

My mother passed away over a year ago.  Since that time, my sisters and brother and I have been helping my dad to clean the house and go through all the things our mom had saved through the years.  With a mixture of sad and happy thoughts we found ourselves knee deep in dress patterns, old magazines, half started craft projects, mystery novels and much more.  All of these things were a part of who our mother was.

At one point we came across this bit of fabric she saved from curtains she made for our home back in the 50s.  You could hear us ooooh… and ahhh and say things like, ” I LOVED those curtains!” or  “I remember them so well!”

I made the choice to keep this swatch because it was such a fond memory. I remember the fabric strip my mother carefully sewed on the back of the fabric to hold all the curtain hooks. It fascinated me the way the hooks would then gather up and pleat the fabric perfectly.

My mother seemed to be able to do anything with her sewing machine.  She made all our dresses for a while and many of the other things around the house. She loved decorating our home! She even made a slip cover for our couch that I remembered thinking was both beautiful and amazing!  Because of my mom I have a love for fabrics, yarns, and color color color!

My sisters and brother are also very creative.  We find there is no end to the new and exciting possibilities life has to offer the creative soul!  New ideas, new combinations, new new new!  It is all so fun and inspiring!

Still, there is that vein of  “the OLD” in us.  I say this with respect and honor.  Those “old days” partially shaped us into who we are today.  I am forever grateful to our parents who took the time to love us and encourage us in all things, new and old!

Well done Bob and Ann~!

The Next Step

In everyone’s life there is always, the “NEXT” step.  It may be a project you are working on or a dream you are dreaming of.  It may be ongoing or far reaching. The important thing is to keep moving in a direction of that goal and taking those determined steps.  We cannot be beaten down with discouraging thoughts or words.  They only serve to destroy faith and demolish dreams and they make no difference.  They are only words.  Gotta keep those embers of faith alive and burning!

You may ask, what is MY next step?  It is to venture out to the studio and begin loading more images to my new Etsy store. Then there is a little boy I must begin working on for my book.  …. then … then … wait!  ONE step at a time!

I will report back later!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LalaLeslieAnn

Imagine That!

I had the most wonderful day.  I went with my daughter and my grandson Henry to visit my dad and brother in Denver.  It was great to see them both and we had a nice visit.

After lunch we started for home. About 20 minutes down the road we spotted a store called “Showers of Flowers Yarn Shop”. The name was funny.  We thought perhaps it was a flower shop and yarn store but no,  just yarn… and TONS of it!  I know our eyes got BIG as we looked around at the shelves and shelves of yarn!  FAT yarn, thin yarn, baby yarn, manly yarn, WILD yarn, color color color COLOR!!!!!!!

All that color inspired me to no end!!  I wanted to scoop up as much yarn as I could and head for the cash register!!  I can’t even KNIT!  Emily, on the other hand, LOVES to knit so I bought her three small skeins of cool yarn so she could make a hat for our friend’s baby shower.  That store was a creative person’s playground!

I was still feeling that creative buzz from all that colorful yarn by the time I got home.  It is crazy how color does that to me. I guess you could say that I am a “visual” kind of person. Ha!  No kidding!

Even now I happily linger in my thoughts of our  journey to “Showers of Flowers Yarn Shop”.  I love unexpected surprises!

Love Piggy

Oh little Piggy! How fun you are!

I made this print for a friend who is celebrating an anniversary.  Her hubby LOVES flying pigs!  This print will soon be available at my store on Etsy.com. My shop name is LalaLeslieAnn.

“Love Piggy” is a 12″x12″ prints on watercolor paper . If you can’t find it, check back.  I have been having technical difficulties and have contacted Etsy to correct the problem.